Bidding on Storage Units 101

Learn all about bidding on storage units

Bidding on Storage Units 101

Bidding on storage units is easy! To begin with, log in and check them out from the comfort of your home using Here’s how to get started!

1. Register as an Auction Buyer

Firstly, it is FREE to view all online storage auctions, but you will need to register and add your credit card to start bidding! If you are looking to save money on every auction you win and get VIP customer service, upgrade your account to PRO MEMBERSHIP.

2. Find Storage Auctions Near You

You can filter your search by unit contents, categories, zip code, state, city name, and facility name. Additionally, If you type in a zip code, you can set the search radius to how far you are willing to go.

Don’t forget: Time zone is shown in your local time even when bidding in other states.

Read More: Things To Know About Storage Auctions

3. Bidding on Storage Units

There are 2 ways that you can place a bid. First, you can place increments of $10 or use our Proxy Bid feature. The proxy bid feature allows you to set your highest bid and let the computer do the bidding for you! This way you don’t have to watch the auction so closely. The system will automatically increase your bid by $10 increments.

A Soft close emulates a live auction. Bids placed within the last 3 minutes will extend the auction so that 3 minutes are added to the remaining time. If you get outbid, we will send you an email to notify you.

4. Claim your Storage Treasure!

After winning the auction, you will need to pick up the unit’s contents in person within 72 hours (or less at some facilities) if you win. Call the storage facility to let them know you are coming in to pick-up. Once you’ve won we will charge your credit card a 15% (or 10% if you are a Pro Member) buyer’s premium and a 10% or 5% purchase deposit at the time you win the auction. You will need to bring cash or credit card for the bid amount, cleaning deposit, and sales tax when applied. Your cleaning deposit will be returned once all items from the unit have been removed.

5. Share Your Stories & Tell Your Friends!

Finally, make sure to tell your friends of the amazing treasures that you’re sure to find from bidding on storage units! Don’t forget to tag us on social media @storagetreasures. We can’t wait to see what adventures you’ll have!


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